The book written by Peter Selgin can be regarded as a lively and insightful book that respects its readers' intelligence. Along with that, the book offers a reader a clear and crisp guidance on the family life. The main idea of the book can be summarized as the difference between the imaginary and the real world. The main thesis of this paper is the crisis of family relationships that comes as a result of human inability to understand the interests of its counterpart. The story itself is very deep and philosophical. It shows the crisis of human relationships.
The story is focused on the description of the trivial story of two people: Frank and Dorothy. For a long time these people are staying in marriage. The whole story in described in the following words: “every August for the past twelve years Frank and his wife, Dorothy, had come to the small lake in northern New Jersey, less than an hour’s drive from New York City. Theirs was one of a dozen cabins dotting Lake Juliet’s wrinkled shore.” (p.1) Being long time together the couple started to lose the intimate feelings to each other. In other words, the relations started to lose their romantic nature. “…Frank would swim and she would cook her breakfast. It was one of their many routines in a marriage that often seemed to consist of nothing but routines. Sometimes, standing on the float as he did now, Frank smelled, or imaged that he could smell, bacon frying.” (p.2) From this passage one can see that the main hero of the story grew rather bored with everyday life routine. As a result, he was passionately craving for changes that somehow would have change his life into something that is more interesting than the everyday routine he has to live in. Sometimes Frank even thought that his wife was not a proper choice for him. I would say Frank got very pessimistic of his family life that tuned out to be very grey and not interesting. The everyday routine overwhelmed him. As a result, he lost the...
Cited: Peter Selgin "Swimming-Fiction-Short Story" Literary Review, 2003.
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